Benny Atkinson Cup final
Corinthian 1 (H Burns) Three Rock Rovers 0
Hugo Burns first half drag-flick proved the difference between near neighbours Corinthian and Three Rock Rovers as the reds landed the Benny Atkinson Cup title at Grange Road on St Patrick’s Day.
It was an intriguing final with a large number of the players swapping from being rivals to team mates and vice versa Wednesday’s schools Junior Cup decider with many of the players hailing from Wesley and High School.
In a superb advertisement for the youth boys game, Three Rock fought back from going behind to create a number of chances.
But Corinthian goalkeeper Andrew Pollock was outstanding saves with one exceptional scrambling effort in the closing minutes, racing across from his right to left post to deny an equaliser.
It was a real team effort to get the win with the midfield of Andrew Canning, Jonno Flynn and Craig Mackay doing a power of work in the engine room while Burns led from the back, keeping at bay the likes of Luke Adams, Calum Adair, Ali Empey and Harry Lynch among others.
Three Rock do still have a shot at silverware, though, as they play Kilkenny in the Under-16 league playoff final in the coming weeks.
Corinthian: A Pollock, H Burns, A Canning, T McAusland, H Ellis, J Flynn, S Carson, J Greaney, H Byrne, M Ralph, R Howard, M Hjelseth, J Metchette, E Walsh, H Carter, C MacKay
Three Rock Rovers: B Cripps, M Sweetnam, S Ruttle, S Walker, B Adams, J Segui, M Collins, J Smalley, E Jennings, J Coman, H Lynch, C Adair, B Mapfumo, J Pullen, L Adams, A Empey